Updated: September 16, 2020 by Stan Cobb
(Next Update: September 23, 2020)
Saltwater – There's still plenty of Cobia being caught from inside the Chesapeake Bay and along the oceanfront. Many of the catches of Cobia are coming from the lower bay such as the CBBT structures. There's also plenty of Red Drum to be had also. The Cobia can still be kept but the Drum over 26 inches must be thrown back.
Spanish Mackerel catches are thriving throughout the Chesapeake Bay as anglers are hooking up from Reedville to the Virginia Beach oceanfront. And sizable Bluefish—some over 8 lbs—have been caught with jigs from bay structures.
Speckled Trout anglers always look forward to this time of year when the cool weather settles in and the Trout become more active and shallower. Just about all of the inlets/rivers that feed into the bay will hold Trout at one time or another. If grass is present the better the results usually are. Live shrimp and Finger Mullet are great options under corks and topwater baits will draw exciting strikes at any time. The topwater action will continue into October and sometimes November.
The water temperature in Lynnhaven Inlet is 71 degrees at the current time. Flounder reports have decreased this week but as long as we have favorable winds and clean water the Flounder action should increase.
Plenty of Spot and Sea Mullet are being caught from inside the Rappahannock River, but they have been running small.
Charters are returning with bountiful catches of Mahi. The Blue and White Marlin have become more active also.
NE winds have been blowing lately so the reports have been few from the surf and pier anglers along the Outer Banks. The sound anglers have been doing better by catching big Reds and Specks.
Some of the piers in Nags Head have reported some big Drum and good sized Speckled Trout.
Freshwater – There's some incredible Bass fishing taking place right now in Back Bay. It seems as though it has returned to how things use to be many years ago.
The tidal rivers are fishing well especially the Rappahannock and Chickahominy. Winning weights are averaging 18 lbs or better with a 5 fish limit. There have been some impressive weights in the evening tournaments on the Chick also. Small poppers, chatterbaits, and Texas-rigged creature baits are doing well. Crankbaits in the 4' range are working well also. Of course, the pads and grass should never be overlooked.
The 3-day total winning weight during the Toyota Series on the Potomac River was 40 lbs. James Maupin of Stanardsville in Greene County took top honors. He had 13+ lbs each of the 3 days. He reported using a spinnerbait and a swim jig. Two of our local anglers Wayne Vaughan and Cody Pike finished in the top 10.
We haven't heard many reports from the upper James River, but conditions are right for great fishing. The topwater action can be phenomenal.
Weights from tournaments at Kerr Reservoir have been better since the start of September. Look for this fishery to improve as the weather cools as the topwater bite will improve greatly. Some are reporting a great topwater bite now. Schooling Bass are occurring more now as baitfish are on the move throughout the lake. Smaller baits tend to work better in the fall which will be officially be upon us shortly.
Some heavy weights are coming from the Bass anglers at Lake Anna now as 20 lbs won a tournament over the weekend. Bass are still relating to brush piles according to some reports. The Striper anglers continue to do well with live Shad and Herring on down lines in the mid lake area. Early mornings have been best. Crappie are relating to docks and some are moving towards shallower brush. The bridges in the upper portions should always be explored this time of year.